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Laura Bean

Laura Leigh Bean Illustrator Design Chicago, IL
About Laura
I'm an illustrator and designer based in Chicago, and a proud mama to one crazy two year old boy! It was for him that I decided I finally had to bet on myself and follow my passion for art and design--I wanted to be an example of following your dreams. This year I launched my business selling custom illustrations for businesses and individuals and it's been a TON of fun and better than I ever could have hoped! I now have my illustrations all over Chicago--in people's homes and businesses and that totally blows my mind. I'm super hashtag blessed ;) and a lot of it has been due to the support of other women.

How many kids? Ages?

/ Male / 2 years old

What special skill, talent or gift would you like to give back to the community?

My work! My illustrations are primarily of women and I love when they tell me that they see themselves represented in something that I've done. I have an upcoming gallery show (my first!) and I'm doing a series of super kids, because I want to help inspire little ones to believe they can do and be anything they want to be. I'd love to find ways to integrate my work into the HeyMama community.

What is your biggest business challenge right now?

Marketing & Social Media

Why do you want to be a part of heymama?

Part of the reason that I made the leap from my corporate gig to full-time art and design was to allow myself the time and flexibility to be home with my son while he's young, so I'm doing a lot of naptime, nighttime and weekend hustling for my business. I feel like it's so timely that you guys came to Chicago, because I've been thinking that I feel this huge disconnect--I have my group of "mom" friends and my group of "entrepreneur" friends. I haven't found a ton of crossover, particularly with women who have little ones that are still super little, like babies/toddlers. I'm dying to connect with some women that are as crazy as I am trying to do both at once!

xx Laura Bean

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